Onshape Launches Sheet Metal Design Tools

Unique full-cloud “Simultaneous Sheet Metal” technology lets users work concurrently on flat, folded and bend table representations

Unique full-cloud “Simultaneous Sheet Metal” technology lets users work concurrently on flat, folded and bend table representations

Anaheim, California (February 7, 2017)

Above - Onshape is the only professional 3D CAD system to offer sheet metal designers and manufacturers simultaneous and synchronized flat, folded and tabular views. The powerful new design tools will enable CAD users to visualize errors and interferences immediately, consider alternatives and ultimately, reduce scrap and wasted time.

Onshape, the leading professional 3D CAD platform for Agile Product Design, will be previewing new sheet metal design capabilities at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing 2017 conference. The powerful cloud-based design tools will enable faster creation and refinement of sheet metal parts with simultaneous generation of editable, synchronized flat, folded and tabular views.

“This has been one of the most highly anticipated enhancements requested by our customers,” says Scott Harris, Onshape’s VP of Product Definition and User Experience. “We’re proud to be delivering new tools that you can’t find anywhere else in the CAD industry. Our team has completely rethought and re-engineered the way sheet metal parts are designed and prepared for manufacturing.”

The Onshape team will be demonstrating its soon-to-be-released sheet metal capabilities at the Onshape Agile Design Pavilion (Booth 3401) on February 7-9 at the Anaheim Convention Center. In addition to highlighting the full Onshape ecosystem, including the recently released In-Context Editing, the live demos will explore how sheet metal professionals can speed up their design process in the following ways:

  1. Simultaneous Sheet Metal Views: Unlike traditional desktop-installed CAD systems that force users to work in only one mode (flat, folded or tabular) at a time, Onshape shows all representations in one simultaneous view. When designers edit one view, the other two are synchronized automatically using Onshape’s full-cloud database architecture. Seeing the flat and folded views side-by-side allows you to visualize errors and interferences immediately, consider alternatives and ultimately, reduce scrap and wasted time.
  2. Editing Sheet Metal From a Bend Table View: The manufacturer can quickly change the parameters of a model in a bend table view – such as the radius or order of individual bends – while preserving the original design intent and seeing the impact immediately on the flat and folded views. No other CAD system offers the ability to edit this information in an easily accessible table view.

“Instead of having to bounce back and forth between separate sheet metal views, Onshape users can deliver faster design iterations and higher quality parts at a glance,” says principal software engineer Lana Saksonov, project leader on Onshape’s Sheet Metal team. “Having the flat view available simultaneously with the folded view lets the designer see the manufacturing impact while he or she is still modeling.”

“So if you pick bends in the wrong place, it will show you why the flat pattern won't work or why it is not optimal,” she says. “Onshape won’t block geometry creation when causing an incorrect flat view, but will give you an immediate visual warning that there's something wrong and provide the tools to fix it.”

“Onshape’s Simultaneous Sheet Metal Views allow you to create your model easier with more flexibility,” adds Harris. “Part of the beauty here is that you can start down one path and if things aren't right, you can just change it around without having to start over again. In fact, you can refactor your model by switching around rips and bends."

“This is going to prevent a lot of headaches between designers and manufacturers, because almost all sheet metal work is done collaboratively. We created the system to allow designers to build in design intent and allow fabricators to adjust the model based on specific tooling, without violating the design intent,” he says.

The new precision sheet metal features, now concluding early visibility testing, will be made available to all Onshape users in a near-term release.

For more information on Onshape’s soon-to-be-released sheet metal capabilities, watch this video. For a private briefing, images or video embed codes, please contact dhenry@onshape.com.

About Onshape

Onshape is a next-generation SaaS design platform that speeds up product development. It’s an all-in-one system that combines CAD, release management, workflow, collaboration, analytics, admin tools, and an API with more than 50 engineering applications. Onshape helps extended design teams work together faster and helps executives make better business decisions with real-time analytics and unprecedented visibility into their company’s design and manufacturing processes.

Founded in 2012, Onshape was acquired by PTC in November 2019 and will operate as a SaaS business unit within the company. For more information, visit onshape.com/press-room.

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